Rice: Israel-Palestinian issue and Iraq unrelated

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said there was no connection between the dead end in the Israeli-Palesinian conflict and the goings-on in Iraq, Israel Radio reported Wednesday. Rice rejected the words of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who said Tuesday that progress in the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians would help stabilize the situation in Iraq. Rice also rejected proposals to promote talks with Syria and Iran. Speaking to reporters in Germany on her way to Vietnam, she noted that Syria was associating itself with extremist elements and that there were no signs that Iran was prepared to contribute to the stabilization of Iraq.